By Eric Barker
September 25, 2014
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Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree

One of the most interesting books I read this year was The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study. They studied over 1000 people for the duration of their lives – from childhood until old age — giving them regular physical and psychological tests and tracking the results.

What they discovered confirmed some things we all believe about what it takes to live a good, long life — and more interestingly they found out where our common beliefs are wrong.

One of the things that I found most fascinating was the link between what it takes to live a long life and what it takes to have a happy life.

Via The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study:

If there was one main takeaway from the study and the book, it was how important relationships are:

Via The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study:

The good do not die young, as the old saying goes. In fact, they live longer.

Via The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study:

Want to make your life better? This study shows it’s your relationships that can determine whether or not you succeed.

Via The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study:

Another more recent study confirmed this.

Via Charles Duhigg’s excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business:

A long, happy life doesn’t come from a perfect diet or exercise regimen. You’ll find it in those you surround yourself with.

My compilation on what it takes to live a long life is here.

This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

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